Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: Members of the Karnatak University College Teachers’ Association staged a dharna in front of the regional office of the Collegiate Education here on Monday to protest against the stopping of salary grants to the staff of 16 aided-colleges in the State.

The members led by the zonal secretary of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations, Lingaraj Angadi, the association president, B.A. Telsang, and the secretary, Narayan A. Upadhye, condemned the order of the State Government and said because of it the salary of the employees of 16 aided-degree colleges had not been paid for the past five months. The Government recently passed an order stopping the release of salary grants to the aided colleges that had failed to get “B-Grade” accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council”.

Addressing the members, Mr. Lingaraj Angadi said that apart from the role of teachers, various other issues were involved in the assessment of an educational institution, including the role of the management body, parents and local social conditions. “In such a situation it was wrong to initiate action against the teaching and non-teaching staff without trying to find a solution,” he added.